May 16

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1527 – Florence becomes a republic 1792 – Denmark abolishes slave trade 1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins 1861 – Kentucky proclaims its neutrality 1862 – Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir a Belgian engineer developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. Prior designs for such engines were patented as early as 1807, but none were
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May 15

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1004 – Henry II the Saint crowned King of Italy 1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition. It authorized in limited and defined circumstances the use of torture by the Inquisition for eliciting confessions from heretics. 1602 – […]

May 12

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1328 – Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice. 1733 – Maria Theresa crowned Queen of Bohemia in Prague 1835 – Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile 1908 – Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield He was born in Kentucky […]

May 9

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1671 – Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England’s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. 1763 – The Siege of Fort Detroit begins during Pontiac’s War against British forces. 1873 – Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression. 1874 – The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in […]

May 7

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558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt. 1664 – Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles. 1697 – Stockholm’s royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire (in the 18th century, it is replaced by the current Royal Palace). […]

May 5

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1260 – Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire 1494 – On his second voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica 1780 – American Academy of Arts & Sciences forms in Boston 1855 – NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration 1877 – Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of […]

May 4

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1436 – Assassination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson 1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw. 1675 – King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. 1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony
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May 3

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1481 – The largest of three earthquakes strikes the island of Rhodes and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties. 1715 – A total solar eclipse was visible across northern Europe, and northern Asia, as predicted by Edmond Halley to within 4 minutes accuracy. 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city. 1830 – The Canterbury […]

May 2

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1536 – King Henry VIII accused Anne Boleyn of adultery and incest 1776 – France and Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels 1833 – Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs 1865 – President Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis 1908 – 1908 “Take me out to the Ball Game” […]

May 1

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1006 – Supernova observed by Chinese & Egyptians in constellation Lupus 1704 – Boston Newsletter publishes first newspaper advertisement 1753 – Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. 1756 – France & Austria sign alliance 1757
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